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About Us

The Vision for Charities Institute Ireland is:

An Ireland that trusts and values charities for the positive contribution they make to solving challenges in our society.

The Mission for Charities Institute Ireland is:

To provide leadership in the sector by empowering charities to maximise their impact, particularly through best practice in governance, finance and sustainable fundraising management.

At Cii, we envision an Ireland that trusts and values charities for the positive contribution they make to solving challenges in our society. Cii exists to support and enable charities to create positive social change. As an organisation, we work with our members to help them professionalise, sustain, grow, maximise their impact and improve the welfare of others. We provide educational programmes and resources for charities all across Ireland. Our goal is to help to amplify the voices of charities across Ireland and highlight the positive role they play in society. We promote the contribution of the sector and help build greater trust. We work with policy makers to create a more favourable environment to empower charities to deliver their missions. We want to develop a greater appreciation of charitable engagement in all forms.

Our History

Charities Institute Ireland (Cii) was formed in 2016 following the merger of Irish Charities Tax Research (ICTR) and Fundraising Ireland. These two key sector bodies agreed there was a need to create a strong voice to represent their combined members: charities who depend on significant public support, and charities who wish to develop and advance the wider not-for-profit sector.

The CEOs of both organisations, Sheila Nordon (ICTR), and Lucy Masterson (Fundraising Ireland) demonstrated significant foresight and leadership in recognising the potential and need for a single voice to represent  their members and the wider sector. It was at this initial meeting Sheila drew up the concept of a Triple Lock standard on a napkin and the idea of Charities Institute Ireland (Cii) was born. 

The three measures of the Triple Lock are good governance, best practice fundraising and transparent financial reporting – the foundations on which great charities are built.

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